Are law students ‘wax to be moulded’ or active learners?: John Locke goes to law school

This is the second in a series of posts on theories of learning and teaching – specifically the concepts of formal or explicit curricula and informal, implicit or ‘hidden’ curricula.  In an earlier post, I set the scene and provided an overview of traditional theories of learning. In this post, we look at another early …

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Some practical steps to teaching case note research in law school

Writing case notes is a common form of assessment in law school, especially with first-year law students, as a way of exposing them to basic legal research, writing and thinking skills before moving on to substantive subjects.  More importantly, the preparation of a case note is usually the first taste first-year law students have of …

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Improving law school feedback: Dropping the sandwich

Over the last few weeks, some fascinating articles about feedback for law students have appeared in my inbox. But they seemed to be inconsistent. The first was this short but engaging post from February on the ‘feedback sandwich’ by Carrie Sperling over on the Best Practices for Legal Education blog. You are probably familiar with …

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Helping Students Become 21st-Century “Crap Detectors” (via Touro College Learning and Teaching Exchange)

I came across this helpful article on 'Helping Students Become 21st-Century “Crap Detectors” ' over on the Touro College Learning and Teaching Exchange blog written by Dennis Urban. The immediacy and prevalence of online sources in modern classrooms mean that many of our law students are more inclined to use Google as a research tool than …

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Critical Legal Conference 2019: Alienation

The University of Perugia would like to invite streams and papers for the 2019 Critical Legal Conference. The event will take place between 12–14 September 2019. The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th of July. Theme: Alienation The 2019 Critical Legal Conference main theme will circle around the concept of “alienation”, a quite ambiguous word, …

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Want to Make Learning Stick? Make it Harder – Age of Awareness – Medium

Spacing and interleaving might sound like unusual pedagogical practices, but they might just be worth employing with your law students. In Want to Make Learning Stick? Make it Harder over on Age of Awareness at Medium, Nick Soderstrom argues for the adoption of some different techniques to improve learning outcomes. Spaced out... Cramming and long periods …

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